Program on worm composting Aug. 6

Published 11:08 pm Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Foothills Association of Master Gardeners will sponsor a special gardening program on Monday, Aug. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Isothermal Community College in Columbus. The program is open to the public.

Horticulturist Mickey Lively of Garden Gate Nursery in Hendersonville will give an educational and entertaining seminar about vermicomposting (worm composting).

A registered landscape contractor, Lively will demonstrate an easy way to set up a worm bed to turn just 5 pounds of food scrapes each week into a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer for your garden. He’ll explain how this all can be done in the space of about the size of two shoeboxes – no large compost bins to build and maintain.

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Lively said it is sustainable gardening at its best, recycling materials a homeowner would normally throw away. Composted worm castings are especially good fertilizer for houseplants and perennials because only a small amount is required.

A brief business meeting for members of the Foothills Association of Master Gardeners will follow the program.

– article submitted by Barbara Clegg